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92/1661 Swimsuit, 'Aurora', womens, nylon, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1970, as used by Australia in the Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1970. Click to enlarge.

Womens swimsuit by Speedo for the Australian Commonwealth Games team, 1970

Made 1970
The Museum has an extensive collection of Speedo swimwear and accessories dating from the 1930s to the present including designs produced for the Australian Olympic Games team from 1964 to 2004, the Australian Commonwealth Games team from 1970-2002 and numerous international Olympic teams. This collection is complemented by the Speedo archive which includes scrapbooks, catalogues, posters, newsletters, stickers, photographs, video footage and badges.

Speedo's origins lie in MacRae Knitting Mills, manufacturer of cotton and wool knitwear. They produced their first swimming costumes in Sydney, Australia in the late 1920s and in 1928 held a competition to find a name for their new swimwear line. So successful was a staff member's catchy slogan 'Speed on in your Speedo', they changed the company name to Speedo.

From the beginning Speedo focussed their attention on producing competitive swimwear complemented by a range of leisure swimwear and knitted apparel and the Museum's Speedo collection and archive illustrates the evolution of swimwear styles and fabrics designed to reduce water resistance and enhance speed. By the 1980s most of the world's top competitive swimmers were competing in Speedo's.

Glynis Jones
Curator, Design & Society

Summary

Object No.

92/1661

Object Statement

Swimsuit, 'Aurora', womens, nylon, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1970, as used by Australia in the Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1970

Physical Description

Swimsuit, women's, 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, Australian Team, nylon, Speedo, Australia, 1970
Womens skirted Maillot in nylon tricot featuring a mottled green, yellow and white design. Badge on front chest with Kangaroo
size 34

Marks

"Australia /
Edinburgh /
1970"

Dimensions

Depth

670 mm

Production

Made

1970

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, 1992

Acquisition Date

7 September 1992

Cite this Object

Harvard

Womens swimsuit by Speedo for the Australian Commonwealth Games team, 1970 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 July 2020, <https://ma.as/122282>

Wikipedia

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